Party Hard 2 is the sequel to Party Hard, the 2015 stealth strategy game also showing you being the party pooperest murderer that there ever was. In the sequel, you want your Christmas bonus, don’t get it, and decide it’s time to rage. On everything. Like Hitman, you’ll be trying to kill targets and not raise suspicion on yourself. You can also blow a bunch of stuff up which is always rad. The immediate difference between this game and Party Hard is the 3D environment blended with the pixel graphics of its predecessor which creates a great style and is much easier to read what’s happening on the screen. The baller soundtrack and aforementioned visual style are the icing on this satisfying if grimdark game.
You can expect Party Hard 2 to hit at least PC in 2018.
Strategic followed by chaotic 4v4 FPS gameplay is the best way to describe Due Process. A team tries to infiltrate a building and kill another team, and the other team is trying to kill their aggressors. There’s a number of tools each team can use, but none more important than the planning phase. Both teams get time before the match starts to plan out their attack — what walls to blow, doors to kick down, areas to block off, grenades to use. Our experience, however, is that the second something goes wrong with that plan, the team panics and then it’s anyone’s game. The game is incredibly fun to play with strangers, but even more so with friends that way you can say “I TOLD YOU TO COUNT TO 5 BEFORE INGRESS DAVE, WHO TAUGHT YOU TO COUNT?”
There’s no word on when this will be coming out, but definitely keep an eye on it for the future. You can sign up for their mailing list now and maybe get in to the alpha!
The Swords of Ditto is a cartoony action adventure game in which you’ll take control of the Hero of Legend in a fight against the evil Mormo. Oh, you died? That’s cool, there’s always another Hero of Legend just around the corner with a while new adventure. In fact your successes each life affect the next Hero of Legend The combat is fairly standard 2D action game, but the game’s bread and butter are the environments, art style, and characters you’ll meet along your way. The best part is the game features 2 player couch co-op, perfect for friends or loved ones to start a new adventure together. There’s frisbees, golf clubs, and big ol’ feet as weapons, awesome. Secret quests and dungeons to explore together, rad. Wanna speedrun it and defeat Mormo from the beginning? Go for it, have a blasty blast.
The Swords of Ditto is coming early 2018 to PS4 and PC.
Aftercharge is a 3v3 asymmetrical FPS game. 3 players play as a group of robots trying to destroy a number of energy extractors on the map. They’re completely invisible unless they’ve just been damaged or are directly in front of an enemy. They have the ability to resurrect their allies and also a number of abilities to help them sneak around the map. The enemy team is invincible and has abilities to either impede the invisible enemies or buff themselves. The resulting combat are a stressful mix of sneaking/seeking and frantically trying to kill/run away before invisibility comes back. It’s a great deal of fun, especially playing with friends.
You can look for Aftercharge coming to Windows, Mac, and Linux in Spring of 2018.
Pato Box sees you take control of a duck boxer doing what he does best — box. Even in situation in which it may not be applicable like opening doors, this guy’s a punching machine. He was betrayed on his way to the top of his boxing career and is ready to punch his way to the truth. The art style is stark black and white, which is a visual treat and so much fun to watch. The combat responds as well as you’d expect of something that looks like a Sin City Punch Out. It’s a unique experience and definitely one worth checking out.
Pato Box will be out this Spring for PC, Mac, Switch, and PS Vita.
If Donut County was the simplest game at PAX South 2018, Phantom Doctrine is definitely the most complicated, and not in a bad way. If you’ve ever played XCom and wanted it to be deeper on basically every level, this is exactly the game you’ve been looking for. Set during the Cold War, you lead an organization called The Cabal dedicated to fighting global conspiracy. The game takes major events from history that are all true, but where most of the game occurs is in “what if this happened”-type scenarios. Like in XCom, there are missions to go on that you can play through, and a home base to manage. As the base, you can look through evidence you’ve collected to try and piece together your enemies’ plans, recruit new operatives, brainwash captives, acquire more funds, and take the heat off your agents. While in the field, you can choose to operate with stealth or being aggressive, gather intel or rush to the objective. The game is really flexible to how you want to play it and how you want to spend your time. If you want to spend 20 hours in the base making sure everything’s perfect for the next mission, you can. If you want to speed run through the missions, you totally can. Missions also allow you to have special abilities like spotters, snipers, and grenade launchers, which come in handy when in a sticky situation.
If you’re ready to sink your teeth in to the deepest tactical game in quite some time, get hype for Phantom Doctrine coming in 2018 to at least PC.
PAX South 2018 is drawing nearer, and Sub Cultured will once again be there keeping you up to date with the latest news from one of the south’s biggest gaming cons!
In 2004, the folks at Penny Arcade decided they wanted a show exclusively for gaming. Sure, comics, anime, and other nerd hobbies were cool, and those activities all had their own shows, so what about games? From that idea spawned a small 4,500 person event in Bellevue, Washington, focused on the culture and community that is gaming.
PAX South 2018 boasts to be even bigger than their inaugural year, which saw games like Gigantic and Brawlhalla dominate the show floor. In lieue of a string of celebrity guests, PAX conventions center around us, the gamers, with an exhibition hall full of publishers, developers, and creators of video games and table tops to be found at every turn of your head!
Beyond the huge expo hall full of games, tabletop and console gaming rooms, there’s also a number of tournaments from console to PC, handhelds, and tabletop games. And of course there’s the PAX staples of the Omegathon, Penny Arcade Q&A, and Penny Arcade Make-A-Strip.
A new addition to PAX South’s programming, True Dungeon will be at PAX South 2018! True Dungeon is a live-action D&D event complete with immersive sets, costumed NPCs and life-size monsters. You can get separate tickets for a 2 hour full adventure ahead of time or line up on site for a free 30 minute demo.
The panels this year also have a lot of really interesting topics. Notable events include Streaming 101: Launching Your Broadcast on Friday at 12:30pm, Sound Design Live on Friday at 3:30pm, or Leveling Up: Monetizing Your Video Game-Inspired Music on Saturday at 4:30pm.
Looking for more than panels and freeplay? There is plenty of after hours programming going on! On Friday night, check out nerdcore night at the Lila Cockrell Theatre! Bring your best pair of dark sunglasses and Cool Person Head Nod (patent pending) because MC Frontalot, Mega Ran, and Sammus are gonna light up the night. And on Saturday, a string quartet, a mariachi band and a speedrunning rock band share the stage for the second night of concerts. Not at the same time, of course. We’re pretty sure that would be a mess. Videri String Quartet, Super MES, and Bit Brigade join forces for one night only at 8:30pm in the Lila Cockrell Theatre!
PAX South will be held January 12th – 14th, 2018 and takes place at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, which is conveniently located in the heart of San Antonio, Texas. in San Antonio, Texas. Tickets are still available online, so come soak up some of the panels and programming, and be sure to say hi! Follow us on Twitter @SubCultured for updates from the show floor or keep an eye on our convention coverage!
With Halloween around the corner, we dove into our closets and skimmed the surface of the internet to find quick and easy costumes to please all manner of costume and cosplay enthusiasts! Since we don’t want to be fashion victims or ensemble-y challenged this Halloween, our focus today is on the reigning queen of Beverly Hills in the 90s, Cher Horowitz from Clueless!
You don’t even need Cher’s Virtual Closet to put this look together.
We know, we know. Halloween stores came out with their own take on Cher Horowitz, called “Adult Fancy Girl School Girl Costume.” Vague, right? While the price tag is palatable at 44.99, the costume itself is a full-on Monet. It’s like a painting, see? From far away, it’s okay. But up close, it’s a big old mess.
Assembling something similar that looks better for a comparable price is the name of the game, so let’s start with staples that can be found in the back of your closet. Fish out a basic white top and black shoes of your choice, and you’re halfway there already! Wasn’t that easy? Set those aside for now, because the items that will make you identifiable as Cher are a bit more obscure and will require a wait on shipping, because to the internet we head! Luckily, we don’t have to delve very far, as most items can be purchased from Amazon, starting with a yellow plaid skirt. We couldn’t pass up another Amazon find, patent chunky heels with a clear strap that look like they were pulled straight from the pages of DELIA*S. A basic yellow cardigan and over-the-knee white socks complete the attire portion, so it’s time to assemble your items and move on to the more superficial segment.
Makeup wise, Alicia Silverstone’s eyebrows stole the show as a dark contrast to her bleached blonde hair. Any eyebrow pencil or pomeade will do, however we are partial to Anastasia’s Brow Wiz and NYX Micro Brow Pencil. Pair the strong brow with a dusting of light pink blush, a swipe of mascara, and a mauve-y lip and you’re only missing the iconic hair, so back to Amazon we go for a light blonde wig in a straight, middle parted style.
Besides her bubbly demeanor, the key to portraying Cher Horowitz is leaning into the quintessential slang of the 90s. Adopting terms like “As if,” “Totally buggin’,” and “Whatever,” will take this costume to Clueless, so long as you make a W shape with your fingers when you say it. Throw in the brick cell phones reserved for only the cool kids and a pom pen and you’re ready to roll with the homies. No? Okay, I’m done here.
Planning on making this costume? Doing some other DIY awesome? Want to check out the rest of our Halloween Costumes From Your Closet ideas? Show me all your spook-tacular creations with the hashtag #SCaryMonth on Twitter and Instagram!
Last year some of us from the Sub Cultured team were able to attend Nan Desu Kan 2016. NDK is the premier anime convention in the Rockies. This year it took place on September 1-3, 2017 at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel, and lured many anime and geek culture fans like I siren’s song. Housing thousands of fans, this convention grows with every year.
It’s that time of year again! No, not Halloween (though that is sneaking up on us faster that I realize). I’m talking about New York Comic Con time! Though not as prolific as San Diego Comic Con, NYCC is the East Coast’s biggest comic and media convention, boasting hundreds of exhibitors and tens of thousands of attendees.
Just like its West Coast counterpart, NYCC attracts countless collectors and, as such, has become a haven for exclusive merchandise. This is where Funko comes in. Over the summer we showed you all of Funko’s SDCC exclusives, the Pop!s, Dorbz, Rides and Vnyls that were only available at the con. Luckily, they’re bringing a pretty strong game to New York Comic Con as well.
Since they’re revealing all of their exclusives in waves so make sure to check back often as we update to see everything you can expect to find at NYCC.